Our Collections at Nottingham Castle

Museum & Art Gallery

Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery stands on the site of a Castle built by the Normans to establish the rule of law over a famously rebellious city, where the Robin Hood legends began. The present Castle is an elegant 17th century Ducal Palace that was gutted by fire in 1831, by protesters demanding electoral reform, then refashioned and reopened in 1878 as the first municipal art gallery outside London. Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery is the base for the City’s important collections of Fine and Decorative Arts. The first floor gallery spaces host temporary exhibitions of regional, national and international artists. The majority of the Nottingham City Museums and Galleries’ collection of paintings are housed at the Castle, both on display and in store. Over 100 works are on public display in the architectural splendour of the ‘Long Gallery’. The collection was founded in 1878 and now numbers some 800 oil paintings, over 4000 watercolours, drawings and prints, saltglaze pottery, ceramics, silverware, glass and jewelry. A small collection of sculpture, including an extremely important collection of medieval ‘Nottingham’ alabasters. Contemporary art has also been collected from the founding of the museum, across all art forms. The links below will take you to pages giving more detail about some of the highlights of the collections, which are currently on display at Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery. If you would like more information about our temporary exhibitions programme please click here.

Talks, Events and Temporary Collection Displays

Travelling Threads – Textiles from India and Pakistan
Open from 10 August 2017

Block printing, fine embroidery and metal threadwork are all parts of Indian and Pakistan’s textile tradition.  These techniques are represented in this gallery and are still actively practised.  Today makers revisit and celebrate their region’s textile heritage through the use of classic designs.

India’s international reputation for excellence in cloth working goes back to the 1600s.  Indians mastered the art of cotton processing first, meaning they dominated that market.  Craftspeople became expert at using dyes, creating different colour combinations that stayed fast.  Their printed cotton, or chinz, was in high demand for export in the 1800s.  It was affordable, vibrant and used for both fashion and home furnishings.

This case marks the 70th anniversary of Indian independence. Gained on 15th August 1947 this saw a break from colonial rule and the partition that created Pakistan.  Textiles collected in the early years of the museum have been selected to reflect India and Pakistan’s traditions, artistry and influence on Britain.

Please contact us at colette.griffin@nottinghamcity.gov.uk or 01158761433 if you have any queries.

Fine Art Painting Collection


Saltglaze Collection

Fine Art Highlights

Ballantyne Collection

Alabaster Collection

Behind the Scenes Blog

For more information about our collections please go to www.culturegrid.org.uk